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Peter A. Bonanni

March 1, 1930 ~ December 12, 2023 (age 93) 93 Years Old


Peter A. Bonanni passed away peacefully at home surrounded by family on Tuesday, December 12, 2023.

Pete Bonanni lived a long and happy life. He was born in Jessup, Pennsylvania on March 1, 1930, to first generation Italian immigrants, Valentino and Anna Marie Bonanni. He moved back to Italy for two years when he was very young but returned to Jessup, Pennsylvania when his father became concerned with the rise of Mussolini’s Fascist government. 

Pete excelled in football and was an All-State high school player for the Blakely Bears, a high school football powerhouse in Northeastern Pennsylvania. He earned a scholarship to the University of Detroit where he became a football standout, playing both offensive and defensive end. A knee injury took him out of contention for professional football and sent him instead to the United States Air Force, where he earned a commission and excelled in pilot training becoming a fighter pilot in the F-94C. 

After the F-94C, he went on to fly over 3500 fighter hours in the F-101F, the F-105D, and the F-4D and F-4E. The highlight of his stellar career was his combat tours in Vietnam, flying out of both Cam Rahm Bay, Vietnam and Korat, Thailand. Pete flew over 180 combat missions during the Vietnam War receiving numerous Air Medals and a Distinguished Flying Cross. 

After retiring from the Air Force, Pete went on to a 20-year career at SAIC where he excelled in program management, helping the company win several key contracts at a critical time in the company’s growth. 

Pete loved travel and playing golf with his wife, Outi. Pete had the opportunity to spend a lot of time with the family where he often led sausage and pizza making efforts. He prided himself in growing the world’s best tomatoes with special seeds from Italy. Pete also was an excellent cook and his special dishes where white pizza with anchovies and fried zucchini flowers.  

Pete is survived by his devoted and beloved wife of 33 years, Outi Keravuori Bonanni. Pete is also survived his daughter, Anna Marie Minogue; his two sons, Pete Bonanni, Jr. and Robert Bonanni. Pete also was blessed with ten grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.  

The family will receive friends from 2 to 3 p.m. on Friday, December 15, 2023 at Covenant Funeral Service, Stafford. A service will be held at 3:30 p.m. on Friday, December 15 at St. William of York Catholic Church. Interment will be held at Arlington National Cemetery at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Pete’s favorite charity, Tunnels to Towers. 


December 15, 2023

2:00 PM to 3:00 PM
Covenant Funeral Service, Stafford
1310 Courthouse Road
Stafford, VA 22554

December 15, 2023

3:30 PM
St. William of York Catholic Church
3130 Richmond Highway
Stafford, VA 22554

Interment at a Later Date

Arlington National Cemetery
1 Memorial Ave.
Fort Myer, VA 22211


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